Class of '88
December 2007

20-Year Reunion October 3-4, 2008

Greetings and Happy Holidays Gustie Classmates!

It finally snowed and it’s been cold enough to freeze the pond in the backyard, so we will be doing some sledding and skating today.  It will have to take place between driving back and forth from basketball tournament games,  church and Sunday school as well as practice for  the Christmas show, shoveling, laundry, writing this letter,  ripping out old carpet to prepare for some new, adding the class reunion to my calendar for next October 3-4, and preparing for the work week ahead.  Sound familiar?  When I have all of these very important things on my “To Do” list, it can sometimes seem overwhelming.  My advice―put the reunion on your calendar, it’s the least time consuming and stressful thing on the list, and call it a day.  I hope all of you take some time out for yourselves and your families this crazy time of year and just enjoy.

News Tid Bits From Classmates

’88 in Hall of Fame:  If you have looked through your recent Gustavus Quarterly you may have noticed that our own Mindy Mayerchak Oosten was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame for soccer and softball.  Mindy is associate vice president of pricing for Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa.  CONGRATULATIONS MINDY!!!

JoAnn “Jo Jo” Wackerfuss Quackenbush, one of our newest class agents has given birth to twin boys.  JoAnn and her husband Jim welcomed Lucas and Ethan into the world November 5, 2007.  They are quite beautiful and I look forward to meeting them in a few days.  Congratulations to JoAnn and her family!

Lori Zabel VanderHeiden is the assistant principal at Park Elementary School in Hutchinson.

Steve Brownlow was named to the Board of the Twin Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  He is also in his 18th year with Alliance Benefit Group in Albert Lea.  He is an employments benefits consultant.

Dave Schneider is currently a New London City Councilman and is also on the Board of Governors for the Minnesota Association for Justice.

Kelley Swansson Neeser is a health and physical education teacher at Sartell Middle School.

Campus News

President Peterson Announces Retirement

President Jim Peterson ’64 announced in August that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the current academic year, capping a five-year term.  His early announcement will provide the Board of Trustees enough time to undertake a thorough search process and assist in a smooth transition to new leadership.  Peterson will serve through June 2008 and has offered to assist in an orderly transition beyond that date if needed.

Moes provide gift for Kendall Center

Gustavus parents Robert and Karin Moe have made a $1 million commitment to the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning. This leadership gift brings the College closer to its goal of fully endowing the center, which is dedicated to advancing active and interdisciplinary learning across the campus. When fully funded, the endowment will generate funds to support two main areas: faculty development and student-faculty research.

New football stadium opened

On September 8, the football team played its inaugural game at the College’s new football stadium.  The synthetic-surfaced field is recessed below ground level and features an earthen berm surrounding the entire field.  The field will continue to be named Hollingsworth Field after the late Lloyd Hollingsworth, who served as the College’s football coach from 1942-1960 and athletic director from 1961-1978.

Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday, November 3, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame:  Tim DeJarlais ’91 (golf), John Erickson ’81 (hockey), Dave Hultgren ’92 (baseball), Craig Miller ’91 (cross country), Mindy Mayerchak Oosten ’88 (softball & soccer), Mike Schumacher ’91 (football), Ann Sommerness Simms ’92 (swimming), and Ryan Skanse ’92 (tennis).

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a once-a-month morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100), 8:00-9:30 a.m., $10 per person.  Reserve by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763/533-9083

Wednesday, December 19

Margaret Kelliher ’90, speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives

Wednesday, January 16 Gustavus Choir conductor, Greg Aune and Gustavus Wind Orchestra conductor, Doug Nimmo

Alumni Fund

The 2008 Alumni Fund has a goal of $1.95 million from 8,000 donors.  Continue a Gustie tradition ― join other alumni to reach the goal with your participation in the 2008 Alumni Fund. Enclosed is a Reunion Class Giving Card that you may use as you consider a special gift in honor of your 20 Year Class Reunion.

Refer a Gustie

As the school year starts, many high school seniors are getting serious about their college selection. If you know of high school seniors or juniors who may be a good fit at Gustavus, please send their names to the Office of Admission at Gustavus to help recruit the next generation of Gusties.  Contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S).

Gustavus Alumni Professional Apparel

Check out the two new oxfords on sale online through the Gustavus Book Mark.  The Book Mark is offering a women’s and men’s long sleeve shirt in a variety of colors and sizes.  The shirt features an embroidered three crowns and Gustavus.  This is a great idea for holiday shopping for your favorite Gustie.  Check them out online only at

Honor Roll of Donors

If you haven’t had a chance to find yourself online, please go to to check out the 2006-2007 Honor Roll of Donors.  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2006, and May 31, 2007.  To find your name or check your class results, just point and click from your home or office computer.  For those who do not have access to a computer, you may call toll-free 866/487-3863 to receive a copy in the mail (supplies are limited).

Forensics Team Continues Excellence

The Gustavus forensics team continues the tradition of excellence, with major team and individual wins this season.  Last season the team ranked in the top 20, which is impressive since 14 of the top 20 schools are “Division I” schools that have more funding and more coaching staff.  While many schools have several full-time forensics coaches, the Gustavus coach also is a full-time professor.  So a unique aspect of the Gustavus program is the team meets weekly for peer coaching―a technique the team has found to be very successful.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Washington, D.C. Gustie Happy Hour – Dec. 13
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast featuring music conductors Greg Aune and Doug Nimmo – Jan. 16
  • Gustavus Gathering in Phoenix/Sun City, AZ – Jan. 20
  • Gustavus Gathering in Tucson, AZ – Jan. 22

Have a great holiday season, remember to mark your calendar for October 3-4, and stay well.

Go Gusties!

Gail Chase Ericson

1988 Co-class Agent

From The GAC ’88 Reunion Committee:  Make Plans to Attend


WHEN:       October 3-4, 2008

WHERE:     Gustavus, St. Peter, MN

HOW:         Walk, Fly, Ride or Hitch

WHY:         ‘Cause you shouldn’t have to wait

                  20 years for this much fun…


Join the fun-- January 2008

Join the Reunion Committee!  Everyone Welcome! 

Saturday, January 12, 10-Noon,

Tim Nasby’s, 7408 West Shore Drive, Edina, 55435

(easy to find on Mapquest), 952-929-6730.

Good Times at GREAT Events!

From the Special Events Committee:

Plan:  Help us put together a GREAT schedule of fun events!   Come to the January Reunion Committee meeting with ideas.  To volunteer, or to share your brainstorm, email Gail Chase Ericson, Committee Chair,

What’s the Buzz?!

From the Communications Committee:

WHAT:  Find out the latest news and information for the Gustavus Class of ’88 Reunion.

HOW:  Send your email address and/or news ASAP to Jamin Johnson-Schneider, Communications Chair,

COMING via Email:  Class letters, reunion updates as they happen, “Who’s Who Survey,” photo requests, hotel information, and more!  Don’t miss out! 

Confidentiality:  We will blind copy email information.  We will not sell it or share it with any groups other than our class planning committee and the Alumni staff.

Make a Difference!

From the Fundraising Committee: 

What:  Please consider your GAC education/friendships/experience and how donations raised by classes help support current and future students.

Your Gift:  We challenge everyone to give a gift.  Many giving options are available.  We’ll be calling everyone soon.  We benefited by our Gustavus experience, together we can help others do the same!  For more information, email Luther Hagen, Fundraising Chair, at